The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find That Reveals the Birth of Christianity

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The Jesus Discovery is the story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles.

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery—two ossuaries, or bone boxes, one carved with the earliest known image of Jonah; the other displaying a reference to ...

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The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity

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Overview

The Jesus Discovery is the story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles.

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery—two ossuaries, or bone boxes, one carved with the earliest known image of Jonah; the other displaying a reference to resurrection. Since the newly discovered ossuaries can be reliably dated to before 70 AD, it is possible that whoever was buried in this tomb knew Jesus and heard him preach. In addition, the newly examined tomb is in close proximity to the so-called Jesus Family Tomb, and its discovery increases the likelihood that the “Jesus Family Tomb” is, indeed, the real tomb of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Religion professor James Tabor and documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici have already generated major controversies about the early history of Christianity. The Jesus Family Tomb, which Jacobovici co-wrote, contended that a first-century tomb discovered in 1980 might lend no evidence to the Gospel story and Tabor's 2006 The Jesus Dynasty proposed a new understanding of the early Christian movement. The revelations of The Jesus Discovery promise to eclipse even the hubbub generated by these two earlier books. According to the co-authors, a recent archaeological discovery provides proof that belief in the resurrection of Jesus actually predates the Gospels. The new find will be the subject of a primetime Discovery Channel television documentary. A book that will command media attention.

Barrie Wilson
“An exciting, extraordinary, exceptional discovery. See for yourself the first archeological evidence ever for early Christian belief in resurrection.”
Peter Lampe
“These newly discovered findings, revealed by a sophisticated robotic camera exploration, are extremely important for early Jewish-Christian archaeology.”
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“An exciting, extraordinary, exceptional discovery. See for yourself the first archeological evidence ever for early Christian belief in resurrection.”

“These newly discovered findings, revealed by a sophisticated robotic camera exploration, are extremely important for early Jewish-Christian archaeology.”

Library Journal
Television producer Jacobovici and religion professor Tabor discuss the discovery in Jerusalem of a sealed first-century tomb with iconography revealing a belief in Jesus's resurrection—before the gospels were written. How does that relate to a nearby tomb the authors identify as belonging to Jesus's family? Tabor wrote The Jesus Dynasty, Jacobovici cowrote The Jesus Family Tomb, and the controversy continues. With a Discovery Channel television documentary in the offing, so be prepared.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451651539
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 650,449
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Simcha Jacobovici is a three-time Emmy winning filmmaker, author of The Jesus Family Tomb (with Charles Pellegrino), and host of the television series The Naked Archaeologist. He is also an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Huntington University in Sudbury, Ontario. Visit him at APLT.ca and SimchaJtv.com.

James D. Tabor is chair of the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He holds a PhD in biblical studies and is an expert on Christian origins. He is the author of several books, among them The Jesus Dynasty. Visit him online at JamesTabor.com.

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© 2012 James D. Tabor

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